In this passage, God is wrestling with Jacob more than Jacob is
wrestling with God. The “man” referred to here is the Son of
Man—the Angel of the Covenant. It was God in human form,
pressing down on Jacob to press his old life from him. And by daybreak
God had prevailed, for Jacob’s “hip was wrenched” (v. 25).
As Jacob “fell” from his old life, he fell into the arms of God, clinging
to Him but also wrestling until his blessing came. His blessing
was that of a new life, so he rose from the earthly to the heavenly,
the human to the divine,and the natural to the supernatural.From
that morning forward, he was a weak and broken man from a
human perspective, but God was there. And the Lord’s heavenly
voice proclaimed,“Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because
you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome” (v. 28).
Beloved, this should be a typical scene in the life of everyone
who has been transformed. If God has called us to His highest
and best, each of us will have a time of crisis, when all our
resources will fail and when we face either ruin or something
better than we have ever dreamed. But before we can receive
the blessing, we must rely on God’s infinite help. We must be
willing to let go, surrendering completely to Him, and cease
from our own wisdom, strength, and righteousness. We must
be “crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20) and yet alive in Him. God
knows how to lead us to the point of crisis, and He knows how
to lead us through it.
Is God leading you in this way? Is this the meaning of your
mysterious trial, your difficult circumstances, your impossible
situation, or that trying place you cannot seem to move past
without Him? But do you have enough of Him to win the
Then turn to Jacob’s God! Throw yourself helplessly at His
feet. Die in His loving arms to your own strength and wisdom,
and rise like Jacob into His strength and sufficiency. There is
no way out of your difficult and narrow situation except at the
top. You must win deliverance by rising higher, coming into a
new experience with God. And may it bring you into all that
is meant by the revelation of “the Mighty One of Jacob” (Isa.
60:16)! There is no way out but God.
At Your feet I fall,
Yield You up my ALL,
TO SUFFER, LIVE, OR DIE
For my Lord crucified.